Conflict & Tragedy
Drive-by shooter who killed six was being treated by 'multiple therapists'
The gunman who perpetrated a drive-by shooting spree that killed six people as well as himself has been identified as Elliot Rodger, ABC News has confirmed.
Speaking through his attorney, Alan Schifman, Elliot Rodger's father said his son, 22, who was being treated by multiple therapists, was the gunman.
The family, Schifman said, is "devastated."
"They want to send the deepest condolences to all the victims' families involved at this time," he said.
Police said it was a “planned” drive-by murder spree that took the lives of seven people, including the shooter and wounded another seven in the Isla Vista neighborhood near the University of California, Santa Barbara, ABC News reported Friday.
In a bizarre turn of events, Bill Brown, sheriff of Santa Barbara County, said Rodger posted a YouTube video detailing the reasons for the murders.
He moans about the way he was treated by women.
“Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me,” he says. The person also says this is his last video.
The killing spree apparently started about 9:30 p.m., the sheriff said.
A witness told ABC he saw shots fired from a BMW. One woman was killed and another critically injured.
“I heard shots, screams, pain,” Michael Vitak said.
The suspect exchanged shots with deputies after crashing his car and he was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head. Whether it was self-inflicted or done by police was not clear.
A semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the car, The Toronto Star reported.
Brown said the shootings occurred at several sites, resulting in nine crime scenes, The Star reported.
Another student, who didn’t provide her name, said she was approached by the driver of the BMW who flashed a handgun and asked, “Hey, what’s up?”
The student ignored him, said she thought it was an airsoft gun and she kept walking.
Suddenly, something buzzed by her head and she realized they were bullets, The Star reported.
The name of the shooter is known to police but Brown said they were “analyzing both written and videotaped evidence that this atrocity was a premeditated mass murder.”
The names of the victims were not immediately released.